Ground-breaking Permaculture Design Course Integrates Yoga and Sustainable Living
Unique Permaculture design certification course with yoga immersion teaching both practical hands on techniques for sustainability, food, water and energy security and the social tools to actualize one's sustainability ideal in the community.
July 16, 2013 (FPRC) -- Interested in learning how to live in peace and harmony in our relationships and with our environment? Want to understand how to add resiliency, beauty and abundance to your garden, home or community? Ever wondered about the connection between your personal well-being and the social and ecological health of the world around us? Register NOW for the 3-week Permaculture Design Course presented by Permaculture pioneers, Julia & Charles Yelton and Senior Yoga Teacher, Swami Ambikananda, at Sivananda Yoga Ranch in the Catskill Mountains, August 9 - 25, 2013.
The Permaculture Design course integrates the practical, sustainable living skills of permaculture and yoga. Students will learn how to observe and interact with the patterns and rhythms of nature to create beautiful, abundant and resilient gardens, homes and communities. Students will be taught how to observe and interact with the mind and body to cultivate radiant health, joy, peace of mind and deep empowerment within. Together, permaculture and yoga's holistic solutions will enable students to begin to live in peace and harmony with our environment and all of our relationships, while at the same time addressing the world's most pressing issues with clarity and creativity.
The Permaculture Design course includes:
• Instruction from Permaculture pioneers with international and regional experience
• Significant hands-on project components on 77 acres of hilly meadow and wooded land and field trips around the Catskills region
• Daily yoga, meditation and kirtan in a unique ashram setting
• Organic vegetarian meals
• 110+ hours of instruction
• Upon completion of program, receipt of Permaculture Design Certificate from Humustacia Permaculture
Please call our registration office at (845) 436-6492 to learn about our group rates and reserve your space.
About Charles and Julia Yelton: Julia and Charles Yelton have been traveling, teaching and living permaculture for the last 19 years. Julia is a master gardener and skilled landscape designer with a background in architectural ceramics. Charles teaches design engineering and management skills.
Both studied and practiced permaculture at Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, Australia for 3 1/2 years and served on the faculty of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture of Nepal before starting to teach around the world. Together, they have taught, designed, and implemented numerous regenerative whole living systems in India, Bali, Ireland, Guatemala, France, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, UK, Scotland, Wales, and Canada.
In the US, after spending a year designing an eco-village in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, the Yeltons established an affordable, sustainable, energy-efficient demonstration home and four-season gardens at the Sustainable Living Center at Humustacia Gardens in Whitefield, ME. Their education programs soon earned college-accreditation through the the University of Maine (U-Me) and University of New Hampshire. In 2007, they spearheaded the U-Me initiative to green the campus and were named Still Water Research Fellows in 2007 and 2008. From 2008 to 2009, they were the first Co-Directors of Permaculture Education at the Newforest Institute in Brooks, ME, where they established overall site designs and numerous workshops and courses, including timber-earth "Hobbit House" construction.
Julia and Charles strive to 'teach by doing' and are committed to establishing demonstration sites so that people can experience first-hand the benefits of holistic ecological design. They emphasize hands-on experience in their teaching and also incorporate spirituality and cosmology as an integral part of their courses.
For more information, visit: permaculturedesign.org
About Swami Ambikananda: The resident Swami, (hindu monk and teacher) of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Swami Ambikananda embodies the Yogic lifestyle of “simple living and high thinking”. Her compassion, enthusiasm, and spirit of service permeate her teaching and the spiritual guidance and the comfort she provides in the ashram, as well as her gardening.
Swami Ambika teaches workshops and yoga classes at the ashram, at our NY Center and at our Sivananda headquarters in Val-Morin, Quebec. She conducts many of the satsangs at the ashram, and leads workshops on various aspects of yoga philosophy and practice. She also leads the ashram gardeners with years of experience, finding an effortless union between permaculture and yoga. She teaches and gardens with profound devotion, inspiring all she touches with a deep reverence that is the heart of yoga.
About Sivananda Yoga Ranch: The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch was founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnudevananda of southern India, for the practice of Yoga and the study of Vedanta. It is nestled in the beautiful rolling Catskill Mountains, just 100 miles outside New York City. It is an ashram within the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, one of the largest Yoga organizations in the world. Swami Vishnu's vision is still very much alive today and the organization he founded in 1959 has trained more than 35,000 Yoga teachers to date.
The Sivananda Yoga Ranch-- located on a magnificent 77 acre property of meadows, hills and forests -- boasts an ever growing Permaculture demonstration site including food forests, movable greenhouses, water distribution systems, living structures, flow forms, renewable energy, and true community living.
For more information, visit: sivanandayogaranch.org
Send an email to Jen Kutler of Sivananda Yoga Ranch